Health Advocate Blog

Mental health matters: Make it a priority

The disruptions of the pandemic have left many people feeling anxious, depressed, or hopeless, and unable to function fully. These and other mental health issues can be treated with lifestyle changes, medication, counseling or all three—yet many people feel stuck, alone, and powerless to move forward.

Did you know…?

In 2021, depression affected 1 in every 3 American adults.

Untreated mental or emotional health issues are linked to an increased risk of chronic health problems, suicide, relationship difficulties and more.

Are you suffering silently, feeling stressed, anxious, or upset?

You are not alone. Thousands of people are experiencing these feelings, too, and are reaching out to get the help they need to improve their emotional well-being and feel more connected and energized to go ahead with their lives.

Speak up. Tell others about your story and how you are feeling. It takes courage, but it’s the first step to getting the help you need to feel better.

Do you know someone who is struggling?

Ignoring that person, or telling them to snap out of it, just calm down, that things will be better in the morning, or that therapy is for weak people, can make matters worse for someone who is struggling.

Show support. It’s not always easy to find the right words, but the key is to acknowledge them without judgment.

Talking to a qualified counselor, who can provide confidential support for emotional, family and work issues, can make all the difference for you or a loved to regain better well-being.

Helpful resources:

Take our depression assessment

Watch the “1 Minute for Me” video